Elections for the Civic Club board are coming up and we need some new blood. Most of the current board members have served 3 or more years. The board does not require a lot of time in a year, but it is a commitment. The civic club does many things for the neighborhood that go unnoticed. Not the least of these is the enforcement of our deed restrictions. The neighborhood is about to undergo a great deal of change and some strong leadership is needed. If you have a few spare hours a year, your help would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to volunteer please contact me(email@example.com) or Bob Weber(firstname.lastname@example.org) Hope to hear from you.
Noticed in the Chronicle that long time neighbor Mary Daigle had passed away. Although she had moved a few years ago, she lived in the neighborhood for many years. Her husband was once the president of the civic club.
An inspector from the Department of Neighborhoods has been going up and down our streets looking for violations of city ordinances such as storing your garbage can and recycle can in view from the street.
Please be aware that residents cannot store the green recycle can or the brown garbage can where anyone can see it as they pass by.
Here are the riles on solid waste collection from the City of Houston. Let’s all try to follow them. It is up to HPD to enforce them since they are city ordainces, so I am sure they can issue tickets for infractions.
Yes it is true!! We are scheduled to get the COH big green recycle cans in June. This was confirmed by city councilman Larry Greens office this week. It’s been a long wait but it is finally here.
Well they are already here!! Amazing.
The first scheduled pick up is June 26th. That is our regular recycle date.
Remember, trash cans should not be visible from the street according to COH code.
A company has contacted us for an endorsement of their project to demolish the Bellfort Park Apartments and rebuild new ones. They would still be affordable housing but it would be gated, new construction with strict requirements for the renters. The civic Club board can see nothing but positive result for the neighborhood. That being said, we are in the process of endorsing this project. I will keep everyone informed.
The following is the schedule for heavy trash pick up. Heavy trash may be put at t he curb starting the Friday prior to pick up. Our pick up day is the third Tuesday of the month. Please observe the tree waste/junk waste schedule. Homes with heavy trash out other than the approved times, will be reported to the city.
Tree Waste Junk waste
If you have any further questions, please go to the City of Houston solid waste dept. web site.
Let’s all work to keep our neighborhood neat and clean.
A new blog has been started. It involves the communities south of Braes Bayou. Looks very interesting. Check it out.
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Babbler- regular -February 2013
I recently got a pamphlet from HPD on the parking on the yard ordinance. The important part to me was the definition of an improved surface. The ordinance states that it’s purpose is to restrict parking on unimproved surfaces. The definition of an improved surface is as follows: “An area excluding a driveway, the surface of which is comprised of selected materials constructed to a depth sufficient to distribute the weight of a vehicle or equipment over such an area to preclude deterioration or deflection of the area due to vehicle or equipment load, adverse weather or other conditions.” The officer I spoke with said that the final decision on the surface was the responsibility of the city engineer. He further said that a patrol officer would not issue a citation that he could not justify in court. So to me it seems vary unlikely that a ticket will be issued to any one who has any type of hard surface under the wheels of a vehicle. Hope this helps some what clarify this ordinance.